INTUITION is a God-given ability that fascinates me.
We all have it, whether we know it or not.
We all use it in our own personal way.
INTUITION is a mysterious, yet accurate tool that we hold within us. And there is a deep satisfaction when we find out that our intuition is correct.
Often, my intuition connects to my artwork. That happens quite spontaneously, and I enjoy discovering that connection.
At first, I wasn't consciously planning to paint animals and gems. The link between both just happened on its own. So I'd like to explain a bit about how this came to be.
The first painting of this exhibition is called The Cow Bride.
Upon completion of the painting, the last blank element left was the jewel on her forehead. As I wondered what color to paint it, Aquamarine came to my mind.
I knew nothing about gems, nor their meaning. So when I looked up the Aquamarine gemstone and found out that it is a stone traditionally given to brides... I was quite amazed.
Thus, a process emerged, which was repeated over the next paintings: painting the jewel last, using color as a guide, and finding out that the gem matched the meaning of the painting itself. I cannot tell you how much fun I had in these discoveries!
At that time, I was pregnant, which also influenced my inspiration. I managed one painting a month, from moment of conception, to the month I gave birth. These paintings express what was going on around me at the time of my pregnancy; what I was going through, and the emotions linked to the coming birth of my little one.
Mother whale and her baby is the 8th painting of the series, and she is the inspiration for the title of this exhibition.
The previous summer, I dreamed of four giant whales swimming near the coast. That was shortly before I became pregnant.
One month before giving birth. I remembered that dream and realized how closely it was linked to these paintings, and to my pregnancy.
Each of these paintings is a story of its own. They all hold my love, my gratitude and my prayers for the wonderful animals and nature that live on this beautiful planet.